Minimum balance of
gas purchase should be "50 to 50": "Minimum, which we are to buy
from the EU, will be 50% of gas. Russia
wants to spread traps for Ukraine, but we do not repeat the mistake that was
made several years ago, " Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk stated
during an hour of questions to the Government at the Verkhovna
Rada of Ukraine on Friday, May 15.
Minister underlined that the Government took a "very tough" position on
gas supplies last year. He
noted that in June last year he had a telephone conversation on this issue with
one of the European leaders, "who advised to sign a new contract with Gazprom : "In reply I said- once we have already
signed an agreement with them, it’s enough."
to the Stockholm arbitration. We
filed several lawsuits against Russia and demand from Russian Gazprom compensation for Ukraine in the amount of USD16
also demand from Russian Gazprom to revise the transit
gas contract, which is unprofitable for Ukraine," the Prime Minister
He recalled that together
with the European Commission a tripartite agreement on gas supply was signed last
this agreement, the Prime Minister stressed, Ukraine "managed both endure the
winter and avoid paying Russia $500 as provided by the gas contract":
"We pay, and then they use our money to buy tanks, missiles and aircraft
and fight against Ukraine."
In addition, last
year the Government diversified sources of natural gas supply. Arseniy
Yatsenyuk also noted the special role in this of
Slovakia, the United States and the European Union: "Despite the pressure
that was put on our European partners, if before we took 95% of gas from the
Russian Federation, the last year we finished with 70 %
of gas from the European Union and only 30% - from Russia."
"Now we have
managed to achieve the price of Russian gas for Ukraine to be below $250. This
is not those $500 that was several years ago," he emphasized.
At the same time,
the PM has stressed that Russia wants to "prepare traps" for Ukraine,
"To make us refuse from European gas that sometimes may be a few percent
higher in price, to make us move solely to the Russian resource, and then, in
the most difficult time for Ukraine they
will say: buy 100% of gas at price that we will dictate to you."
"We will not
repeat the mistake that was made several years ago," the Prime Minister
Cabinet decided that the minimum gas balance should be "50 to 50":
"the minimum that we will buy from the EU will be 50% of gas."
He reiterated that Ukraine buys gas from five European companies: Statoil,
Royal Dutch Shell, RWE, E.ON,
Gaz de France: «After the recent
talks in France, we hope that volumes of the gas purchase and the price of
European gas will be more competitive
than it is today."
According to Arseniy Yatsenyuk, another very
important issue is to attract European investors into Ukrainian gas transportation
recalled that the law adopted in the Parliament provides that "only
European and American companies may be co-investors together with Ukraine,
which should possess a 51% of a state-owned company."
"Our dear European friends! We are not asking you to give us money. But we
are saying to you: come here, invest in the Ukrainian gas transportation system
and let's run this profitable Ukrainian-European business together. It will be
the best response to Russian aggression," Arseniy